Letters: Clarification regarding Action Plan costing

Letters to the editor from within the Sooke community.

RE: Council Briefs in Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Issue.

Contrary to the report under ‘Council briefs’ in the March 25 issue, Council did not vote to approve any funding to the Sooke Region Community Health Initiative (CHI) at that meeting.  Council voted in favour of approving the Age Friendly Action Plan as submitted and give direction to Staff to have it published on the website so that we may proceed with the Application for Age Friendly Designation.

In our presentation we spoke to the Action Plan which we had prepared on the District’s behalf.  With the Service Agreement for $17,500 and the deliverables outlined therein, CHI was able to leverage the District’s initial investment to $66,350, or almost four times the return on investment.

Yes, it included more work done by CHI on behalf of the District and our community, though the funds came from other sources (for example Island Health, the Union of BC Municipalities, and the South Island Division of Family Practice).

We were merely taking the opportunity to mention the $12,500 figure as it relates to the still to be finalized 2015 Service Agreement.

We also wanted Council, based on our successes and the quality of work provided, to give due consideration to the Work Plan we have submitted for the 2016 term.

The $12,500 figure represents a potential increase in this years’ Service Agreement and will align with additional work required.

Service Agreements are not grants nor sponsorships. They are contracts to carry out work.

I hope this clarifies things for everyone.

Marlene Barry,

CHI Member